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The importance of preventing falls

The importance of preventing falls

One in three people over age 65 fall each year in the United States. Every hour, there are two deaths and 251 emergency room visits for fall-related injuries among older adults. Falls can result in a loss of independence, disability, and even death. The World Health Organization classifies falls as the third leading cause of...
Honey: It’s time to taste the sweetness of spring

Honey: It’s time to taste the sweetness of spring

There is much sweetness to spring, as the days turn warmer and the earth begins to blossom. The sunshine opens up the spirit inside us, reminding us to speak sweetly to our friends and loved ones and be ever grateful for the many blessings each new season brings. During Easter celebrations many sweet treats are...
Locally-grown plants for sale May 17

Locally-grown plants for sale May 17

The Olde Ripton Garden Club will hold a perennial plant sale, which will include baked goods and garden tag sale items. On Saturday, May 17, 9-12 p.m. the sale will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parking lot, 25 Church Street (Huntington Green), Shelton. The plants for sale were grown in members’ gardens. Proceeds to...
Selling your house? Low cost ways to spiff up the curb appeal

Selling your house? Low cost ways to spiff up the curb appeal

When buyers drive up to a property, sometimes the curb appeal can make or break the showing. A messy, unkempt yard and seemingly neglected exterior can be such a turn-off that buyers do not even want to enter the house. Looking to spruce up the exterior with very little investment? Take a look through these...
Add to your spring cleaning list: your jewelry box

Add to your spring cleaning list: your jewelry box

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why...

Here’s a story about deer, and keeping the ticks at bay

This pop of heat isn’t just allowing everyone outside for a fast leg stretch, it’s waking up the plants and the wildlife too! Deer are out and about, here’s things to consider to keep them off your property.   Why am I seeing so many deer? The deciduous trees (trees with leaves like oak as...
Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

You cannot lose with these favorite easy blooms growing in your garden this season. All five of these are not only long-season bloomers, but are deer resistant and drought tolerant as well. For the greatest visual impact I recommend planting in groups of three to five of each type of plant. One of the most...
On the market: Easton home

On the market: Easton home

  The Stone Wall Farm at 95 North Street in Easton dates back to the 1770s. It on 4.84 bucolic acres, with an 1,800 square foot four-stall English Bank Barn. The home is listed at $1.195. For more information, contact listing agents Michael McKee (203-249-9565) or Melissa Mack at 203-803-8637 at William Pitt Sotheby’s International...
Tour unique and stately homes and help out the community

Tour unique and stately homes and help out the community

Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, an opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles. The 2014 Designer House Tour, set for Friday, May...
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do, however, if they are unsure,...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Here’s the scenario: daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby. The most practical, affordable solution?...
Don’t give personal data to electric suppliers

Don’t give personal data to electric suppliers

Residents should be aware when they get a sales call from an electric supplier, asking for account data over the phone. Elin Swanson Katz, Connecticut Consumer Counsel, together with George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General are warning consumers not to give their Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) or United Illuminating (UI) account numbers, or any...